The Horses

by Joseph McKeown


Inspired by the horses who pull tourists in carriages through Central Park as well as the monument of William Tecumseh Sherman on horseback nearby, artist Jean-Marie Appriou created his large equine creations to “stand like surreal sentinels at the entrance to Central Park.” The sculptures are made of clay and foam models cast in aluminum, and tool marks and fingerprints on the wavy sculptures imbue them with “mythological” and “hallucinatory qualities” as well as a “dreamlike energy.” Appriou, born in France, designed the horses so that visitors can interact on and under them. The horses are on display at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza near 59th Street and 5th Avenue in Central Park through August 30, 2020. No, we didn’t climb on them. But we really wanted to.